Mandatory Mask Policy

ALL guests 2 years of age and older MUST wear a mask throughout the Zoo. Masks protect our animals and our guests. Thank you for your cooperation!


Saturday Camps

For more information about our Saturday Camps, click HERE.


Homeschool Nature Series

For more information and to register for our Homeschool Nature Series, please click HERE.


AUSTIN ZOO SUMMER CAMP 2021

Do you know a kid who is wild about animals?

Sign them up HERE for Austin Zoo Summer Camp!


Our animals are most active during the morning hours, plan to come early.
Train Rides
Monday through Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:00am – 4:00pm

Vistor Guidelines


A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at our admissions gate. A surcharge of $1.00 per ticket will be assessed on tickets purchased at the gate.
    – Guests 2 years of age and older must wear a face mask!
  • Please, if you are not feeling well or have a temperature over 100.4, refrain from visiting and come another day.
  • Masks are required. If you are not wearing a mask, or face covering, you will not be allowed to enter the Zoo. Masks will be available for purchase
  • Social distancing will be strictly enforced.
  • Daily activities such as keeper talks will not be offered.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers will not be available for rent at this time.
  • Our concession stand will be closed.
  • No cash transactions, credit/debit cards only.
  • Our restrooms will be closed. We will have portable restrooms at the new entrance of the Zoo uphill from the Gift Shop and in our Picnic Grove area.
  • Portable hand washing stations will be located at key points throughout the Zoo.
  • Our Discovery Center will be closed.
  • Surfaces throughout the Zoo will be sanitized according to CDC disinfecting guidelines.
  • If you have a Groupon for Austin Zoo, we will be happy to accept it. You do not need to make a reservation.
  • If you have a guest pass, you do not need to make a reservation.
  • If you would like to purchase a membership, you must do so online.

 

Members

  • Members may visit the Zoo at any time during our regular business hours. You do not need to make a reservation.
  • Please have your membership card ready to display as you approach admissions. This will enable us to speed up our entry process.
  • All members who purchased a membership before the coronavirus forced us to temporarily close the Zoo will receive a two month extension on their membership.
  • If you have not received your membership card, or you purchased a membership while the Zoo was closed, please announce your name at admission.
  • If you would like to bring a guest, you may pay for your guest at our admissions trailer. 

 

Capybara Encounter


Enter the world of our Capybara during your very own Capybara Encounter. 
These good tempered and gregarious animals will delight you during your time with them. An Animal Care staff member will be with you during your entire encounter.
We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.
  • Capybara Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm.
  • Reservations must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance, to ensure staff availability. Call 512.695.3021 to secure your spot.
  • The cost of your encounter is $40 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be10 years of age or older.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear, please bring your mask, masks are required. Gloves and masks are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Admissions trailer 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • You will enjoy 35 minutes with our Capybara.
  • Please do not be late! You will want to spend as much time as possible with Diego, Enrique, and Olivia!
  • We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.

 

Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Are you ready to have an up close and personal encounter with our Galapagos Tortoises? These gentle giants love eating lettuce right from your hand, supervised by one of our Animal Care staff members.
We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.
  • Galapagos Encounters are available seven days a week at 11:00am.
  • Reservations must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance, to ensure staff availability. Call 512.695.3021 to secure your spot.
  • The cost of your encounter is $25 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be 5 years of age or older. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear, please bring your mask, masks are required. Masks and gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Admissions trailer 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter, to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • Our encounters are 25 minutes long.
  • Please do not be late!  You will want to spend as much time as possible with Muffet, Gertie and Wheezy!

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.


Purchase An Austin Zoo Membership!

 
Your membership will go into effect the day you visit the Zoo to pick up your membership packet after we reopen. Click HERE to purchase your membership today!
 

How You Can Help Austin Zoo Animals

1. Donate today by clicking on the donate button you see below.
2. Purchase a yearly membership by clicking HERE. Your membership will expire one year from the date of purchase. 
3. Mail us a check to: Austin Zoo PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709.

 

 

 

 

Join Us for A Virtual Education Program!


Let us virtually bring the zoo to you! We are excited to offer virtual programs via Zoom! To schedule a virtual program or to get more information, please email our Education Manager at EDUCATION@AUSTINZOO.ORG.

 

Our mission is to assist

animals in need through rescue,

conservation and education. 


Austin Zoo is proud to be a Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility.